Robert Harold Siegel
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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - Robert Harold Siegel, 73, poet and novelist, transitioned to eternal life on Dec. 20, 2012, at his home in South Berwick, Maine.
Born in Oak Park, Ill., to Frederick William and Charlotte Lucille Chance Siegel, his immediate family circle includes his wife of 51 years, Ann Hill Siegel, his three daughters, Lenaye Marsten, Lucy Preston and Christine Elder, his sister, Janet Siegel Rogers, and his four beloved grandchildren: Julianna, Alexandria, Patrick and Maximillian.
Robert graduated valedictorian of the Class of 1957 from Arlington Heights high school in Illinois before attending Denison University for two years and receiving his BA in English from Wheaton College in 1961. He was awarded a Gilman fellowship for Writing Seminars and attended Johns Hopkins University for his MA in writing. He then earned his PhD in English Literature from Harvard University.
During his career, Robert was a professor of English at Dartmouth College and also at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he was made Professor Emeritus of English and directed the graduate program in creative writing. He authored ten books of poetry and fiction, and his works have garnered numerous awards, honors, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Council for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, Friends of Literature, "Who's Who in America," and the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, among others. Robert was also twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He had a profound love of nature and believed that human beings must live consciously and harmoniously in the world as part of its whole. As reflected in many of his books, he had a great respect for animals and demonstrated kindness for even the smallest of creatures.
The Robert Siegel Collection, comprised of manuscripts, schoolwork, and extensive correspondence, will be housed at Wheaton College Special Collections in Wheaton, Illinois. All material is available to researchers.
A memorial service will be held April 6, 2013 at Trinity Anglican Church in Rochester, N.H.
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Published in Fosters from Jan. 5 to Jan. 9, 2013